The Bizarreness of Snow White

IN ENGLISH. The animated version of Snow White, produced by Fleischer Studios in 1933, possesses a richly multifaceted oddness. It is a bizarre film full of digressions and inconsistencies, humorously riffing on the original fairytale. Ethan de Seife analyses this wonderfully bizarre film, which combines musical digressions with elements of both surrealism and realism.

No Place Like Home: Returning to Twin Peaks

FEATURE. In terms of style and content, the new Twin Peaks is radically different from the original series, and it includes abstract references to different David Lynch productions while combining familiar faces and places with new situations, stylistic choices and characters. In many ways, the new series is about “returning,” about going back and trying to rediscover or even recreate Twin Peaks, but the revival is not a nostalgic revisit to a cozy, All-American small-town. That gum you like has come back in a different style.

A Mere Formality

VIDEO-ESSAY. Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a great, but somewhat underappreciated Taiwanese auteur, known for his long takes and slow pacing. In this video-essay, Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López explore his unique style as seen in a scene from the 1995-film Good Men, Good Women. Mirroring the tempo and attention to detail in Good Men, Good Women, this video-essay tries to capture the very essence of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s aesthetic.

Touching the Colour and Sound of Your Body’s Tears: Affect...

IN ENGLISH. The original cycle of giallo films were infamous for their scenes of murder presented in lurid and graphic detail. Although dismissed at the time as exemplifying the traits of ‘bad’ filmmaking, these films have since become highly influential. Lindsay Hallam argues that the neo-giallo focuses less on recreating a giallo narrative, and more on evoking sensory responses through vivid colour schemes, psychedelic soundtracks, and visceral imagery.

Quiet Qualities and Qualified Quietude – the Sound Design of Gravity

IN ENGLISH. In space no one can hear you scream. This presents an audiovisual paradox. Because how does one create an auralverisimilitude in a space film, if virtually no sound is heard in outer space? In this article Andreas Halskov focuses on the sound of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), a sound design or sound score which in many ways is similar to that of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

“A Monster for the Ages” – Anton Chigurh and the Image...

IN ENGLISH. Anton Chigurh, the main villain of the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men (2007), has been called a ”Monster for the Ages.” What makes him so? Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen shows how a moral psychological perspective can render the aesthetically supercharged antisociality of the character intelligible.

Better Call Gilligan: Revisiting the Audiovisual Design of Breaking Bad and...

IN ENGLISH. The drama series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have been lauded for their unique audiovisual design, often described as “artsy” or “cinematic.” In this article, which is based on interviews with cinematographer Arthur Albert, sound designer Edmond J. Coblentz and supervising sound editor Nick Forshager, Andreas Halskov revisits the audiovisual style in the two shows, trying to define Vince Gilligan’s signature style.

Audience involving strategies in Sherlock

VIDEO-ESSAY. Fans of the BBC’s Sherlock very actively have taken the show to their hearts. How does Sherlock succeed in involving its worldwide audiences in the show? In this video-essay Palle Schantz Lauridsen examines audience involving strategies within and around the show.

That Intense Lyricism: A Brief History of Slovak Cinema From Its...

IN ENGLISH. Czech and Slovak film are often seen as two sides of the same coin, but Slovak cinema actually has a unique tradition in its own right, and a Slovak aesthetic or sensibility has evolved since the earliest days of its cinematic history. Nicholas Hudac takes us through the early history of Slovak cinema, trying to pinpoint the defining features of Slovak film while placing it in a cultural and historical perspective.

‘Girls Are the New Men’: An Interview with Pawel Pawlikowski

INTERVIEW. After cutting his teeth as a filmmaker with a series of acclaimed documentaries for the BBC during the 1990s, Pawel Pawlikowski (born 1957) was named Most Promising Newcomer by BAFTA for his feature début Last Resort (2000); the follow-up, My Summer of Love (2004), won the BAFTA award for Best British Film of the Year. But neither picture felt obviously British, since each reflected a border-zone existence (literal or figurative) in a sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrific country. Indeed, both of these films are imbued with the sometimes wry, often sardonic spirit of the Czech New Wave of the 1960s; accordingly, each is less a convoluted narrative than a fable-like character study more preoccupied with the “unrepeatable” moments offered by idiosyncratic actors than with the idolization of glamorous stars.